About Louise Gillis Workshop

New Dates!

October 25 – 26 Old Town Artists is hosting a portrait painting workshop.

Louise Gillis

Louise Gillis is teaching the workshop. Louise is a classically trained painter of all mediums with over twenty-five years of experience. Her knowledge of impressionistic color theory sets the stage for portraiture. Her art has been featured in North Light Books “Best of Flower Painting” and has also been published in Minnesota Monthly, Human Rights Campaign, Minnesota Watercolor Society, Minnesota Horticulture Magazine, and different book covers. She makes her home in the Twin Cities.

“I take great pride in the craftsmanship of my work and believe that all great art is a reflection of the individual’s interpretation of the beauty of nature.”
~Louise Gillis



Overview of the Workshop

A fun and informative approach to capturing the essence of the portrait in one sitting.

7 to 9 PM on Friday, October 25—Louise will cover the basics of materials to handling paint and getting the “big effect” of likeness through value and color. She will demonstrate her technique of painting the portrait sketch using economy of brush strokes and a limited palette using a live model. This 2-hour lecture and demo will be followed by a social hour. Wine and popcorn included.

9 AM to Noon on Saturday, October 26—Participants will set up and with Louise’s assistance will paint one pose of a live model.

Noon to 1 PM—Break for lunch. You will need to bring your own lunch and beverages or eat at a nearby restaurant. A list of restaurant options will be made available.

1 to 4 PM—Live model pose two. This session will be followed by a 1-hour critique for anyone who wants to stay. Everyone is welcome.

9-hour workshop fee is $150. OTA member fee is $120. 

The workshop is limited to 8 participants. Louise will be teaching and demonstrating with oils only so plan to work with oil paints if you register. A materials list will be provided.

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